Pastoral Resource Ministries, Inc.
An Outreach Resource Ministry
A Ministry for the Millennium
Words of Inspiration for the Week of June 6, 2004
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"Lo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered." (Revelation 5:5)

Who would be insane enough to let a lion loose?  To hear that one has escaped from a zoo or
circus would cause many people to lock their doors.  Even the police would demand that the lion
be captured or killed.

A religious broadcaster once said on the radio, "Don't defend a lion, let him loose."  He was not
referring to just any lion.  He was referring to Jesus Christ, the conquering Lion of the Tribe of
Judah.   William Barclay a noted New Testament scholar, logically asserts, "If in his blessing of
his sons, Jacob could designate Judah, "a lion's whelp" then it is fitting to call the greatest
member of the tribe of Judah "the Lion of Judah."

All that Jesus represents and symbolizes needs to be let loose.  His disciples could only do this.  
Are you one?  If so, how then can we do it?

Believers can let the Lion of Judah loose by thinking as he thought.  Not many are doing that
today.  Someone has said, "Who supplies another with a constructive thought enriches him
forever."  How superlatively true of those who have what the Apostle Paul calls "the mind of

Not only must we let the Lion loose by the beauty and holiness of our thoughts but by talking as
He talked.  James speaking of the tongue writes, "Out of the same mouth proceeded blessings
and cursing.  My brethren these things ought not so to be" (James 3:10).  There are so many
speaking empty words to empty people.  Let the Lion loose by "speaking the truth in love."

Finally we let loose the Lion of the tribe of Judah by letting Him live His life in us.   The
Apostle Paul penned down these words in God's holy word, "Christ in you the hope of glory."  A
Christian that is no different from the world, makes no difference.  Paul with his hope changed
the world of his day.  St. Francis transformed by Jesus Christ brought the joy of salvation to
hundreds in Italy.  St. Patrick "let loose the Lion" in Ireland and scored victory after victory.  
John and Charles Wesley by their work and witness in England made a difference for all

Brother and sister let loose the Lion in your thoughts, your speech, and in your lives. Then will
the desert blossom as the rose.

The Late Reverend Dr. A. Roger Williams

"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God..." (I John 4:7)